I was walking past the Pen & Brush Club and noticed this For Sale sign on their townhouse at 16 East 10th Street.
In this building since 1923, they've been offering services, networking, and camaraderie to women in the arts for over a century. They also host several cultural events per year that are open and free to the public.
The building is listed with Prudential for $13,525,000. Says the ad: "You have a chance to own a piece of history. This 25' wide townhouse...was originally built in 1848 and has original detail throughout with 14' ceilings, parquet floors, elaborate crown moldings, rounded arch ways, original staircase and 11 marble fireplaces."
The New Yorker Book Bench blog has more info, saying the sale is due to the high cost of heating oil. Blogger Vicky Raab mourns the loss, writing, "it’s a unique historic asset for women in arts and letters to lose... Where else can women rent studio space for reasonable rates on one of the best blocks in Greenwich Village? Or curl up in a library overlooking a sculpture garden, which boasts works by its members Eleanor Roosevelt and Pearl Buck? Or wander through elegant galleries that host member and juried art shows and readings by fiction writers and playwrights?"
Yet again, another meaningful, historic space that once was available for the benefit of the public will be given over into private hands. I'm sure it will make a lovely mansion for some lucky couple.
Photo: Brian Dube at NY Daily Photo